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Mar 28, 2011 3:30am EDT
second week as the u.s. seeks to limit its role. >> responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the united states to our nato allies and partners. >> but as criticism from congress mounts, many questions remain. what happens if gadhafi clings to power? what are the limits of the u.s.'s role if a civil war gets worse? and how does a military campaign relate to our overall strategy in the mideast? this morning, a special joint interview, with us, the secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense robert gates. >>> then -- the president faces critics from both sides of the aisle. did he overstep his constitutional authority by using force without consulting congress. my interview this morning with republican from indiana senator richard lugar. >>> finally, analysis of the administration's handling of the crisis in libya is our fragile economic recovery continues and our military is stretched thin by two other wars, did the president make the case to the american people that libya is worth the cost and risk? with us, associate editor for "the washington
Mar 7, 2011 4:00am EST
. is getting rid of gadhafi a vital u.s. interest? >> i think stopping the violence, first of all, that's occurring in libya is most important. the president has been very aggressive. we froze -- we initiated sanctions quicker than we have ever done in the past. froze $30 billion of gadhafi's money in the u.s. we have been very aggressive in our coordination with the international community in looking at all options. and we have also been very aggressive in bringing humanitarian aid to the region, to help people. there's a tremendous -- >> but it hasn't stopped gadhafi. >> it has not stopped them. there's no doubt. >> is it in america's vital national interest that gadhafi is gone? >> it is in -- gadhafi should go for the people of libya. he should stop this, as the president said. he should stop the slaughtering of the people in these battles. but if we can't define if it's in our vital international interest, doesn't it say how far we're willing to go to get him out? >> i think the international community is going to come together. there is discussions going on right now, they h
Mar 13, 2011 10:00am EDT
to as a meltdown. there's plenty of relief gting into the country from u.s. and other places. american war ships off coast now are beginning to ferry supplies and relief into the area. american bases here also supplying helicopters and personnel. this is going to be a very, very difficult several days and weeks and obviously months to come, chuck, as they try to get a handle where the victims are, how to get them and bring home to safety. >> it's night fall now in tokyo. japan, lester holt, thank you very much. >>> we turn now to the japanese ambassador to the united states. bass do, welcome to "meet the press." i want to start with the prime minister of japan just gave a speech to your nation, calling this the worst crisis since world war ii. what else did the prime minister say? >> yes. first thank you very much for having me, and yes, the prime minister just spoke and he said this is the worst challenge that japanese people have to face but we have to work together to correct the situation so with that we can overcome the situation and he's on top of the situation since it
Mar 20, 2011 8:00am PDT
-- attack on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only follow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leadership. as he man
Mar 21, 2011 3:00am PDT
patrolled the skies over libya and struck pro-gadhafi tanks. u.s. and british forces followed by launching a volley of more than 100 cruise miss ells and heavy bombing. the u.s. currently has at least 11 naval vessels in the mediterranean in addition to surveillance aircraft. all of this in preparation to impose a u.n.-sanctioned no-fly zone, the largest military intervention since the invasion of iraq in 2003, eight years to the day. i want to go right to nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent richard engel in tobr tobruk, libya. tell me what you've been seeing and experiencing. >> reporter: the roads are remarkably calm. people are out on the streets. i spoke with rebels just a short while ago. they say that finally this action has taken place and they hope that they can get some more momentum again. i was here in this area about a week ago when the tide of events seemed to be turning against the rebels and you didn't see them out much. they were abandoning their checkpoints. now, once again, their checkpoints are out and they were painting anti-gadhafi graffiti once again o
Mar 28, 2011 2:05am EDT
reclaim ground they had lost. >> that said, secretary gates, would the u.s. supply arms to the rebels? >> no decision has been made about that at this point. the security council resolution would permit it, the second resolution, 1973, would permit it. but no decisions have been made by our government about that. >> but does this administration want to see the rebels prevail and overtake gadhafi? >> i think the president's policy is that it's time for gadhafi to go. that's not part of our military mission, which has been very limited and very strictly defined. >> how is that going to happen? secretary clinton you said this week you thought you were picking up signals that he wanted to get out of his own accord. >> well, there are many different aspects to the strategy that the international community is pursuing. as bob has said, the military mission has gone very well. it only started just eight days ago so it has been remarkably well coordinated and focused and now nato will take command and control over it. at the same time, we are pursuing really strict economic sanctions on him a
Mar 14, 2011 3:00am PDT
quote for a no fly zone over libya. your supportive of a no fly zone and should the u.s. senate be put on the record on this? do you believe before the president agrees to anything that congress should have a say? >> i certainly think the arab's league decision makes a no fly zone more likely. the president is handling it very well. not taking a military option off the table but being careful. we learned in the past when we go in militarily there's other types of consequences and at the same time it's much better to do it in a mult lateral way with all the nations being on board. it makes a no fly zone much more like try to happen. >> does congress have to have a say? >> i believe on these we should deforethe commander in chief on short term immediate situations
Mar 20, 2011 2:00pm EDT
undertake u.s. diplomacy and this is consistent with that. >> reporter: it is. i remember asking him a direct question about how you envisions the obama doctrine, and he said we live in a world where this are no junior partners or senior partners. he really wants to build this multilateral notion that it is international coalitions where the united states is a participant in it. and it may sound like only a subtle difference, but diplomatically and across the international community, it can be seen as a big difference. but one thing i've noticed today is politically the president seems to be getting squeezed now by both the left and the right. you have anti-war democrats very unhappy about this action, very unhappy that there wasn't consultation with congress. and then just a few minutes ago in a very important statement released by speaker of the house john boehner who said the president's the commander in chief. he supports the president's decision on this for now, but that any further military action needs a clear explanation to the american people and congress before more military
Mar 13, 2011 2:00pm EDT
three-pronged disaster. you noted it's a 9.0 earthquake. the u.s. geological survey listed it as 8.9. but the officials here, the japanese did their own analysis and determined it was 9.0. on the ground a very difficult search-and-rescue effort right now. there are areas still cut off by the floodwaters and the tsunami. there's reports of many in one town as many as 10,000 people missing and that's why one official said the death toll go 10,000. while they deal with this massive cleanup and rescue operation there's the nuclear disaster, the third prong of all this. two of the reactors at this power plant have experienced what they believe are partial meltdowns. maybe in the process of that. some escaping of radioactivity, the amount was less today in the measurements. a third reactor at that site still at risk of, perhaps, an explosion. how this all plays out in terms of the danger to the area, officials still have a 20 kilometer exclusion zone, about 12.4 miles, an area they've evacuated involving over 200,000 people. others nearby are being told to stay indoors, to keep wet clothes
Mar 21, 2011 2:00am EDT
, thank you all very much. >>> coming up -- after almost a decade of war, the u.s. military finds itself stretched thinner by yet another conflict in the middle east. what ignited saturday's decision to mobilize in libya? and what are the consequences for the u.s. and the president's legacy? our rounds table weighs in. president on the council on foreign relations richard haas, former cia director michael hayden nbc's andrea mitchell and jim miklaszewski and the "new york times'" helene cooper. >>> and we're back. joined now by our political round table. white house correspondent for "the new york times," helene cooper. nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. former director. nsa, cy, michael hayden. president of the council of foreign relations, richard haas and nbc news chief pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski, this is a breaking story. i want to talk however, about how much is on the president's plate right now. you talk about crisis management and a confluence of crisis. we've pulled together some cover stories from "time" magazine. target gadhafi. the ne
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